By Lachlan Hardy from Sydney, Australia (Brunch) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
What do you like to eat for a special weekend brunch? Café Medina (www.medinacafe.com) has been a brunch (plus breakfast & lunch) institution in Vancouver since 2008 and always jammed. Now they are moving to new expanded facilities opening August 12 with a brand new expanded menu. They have left off the usual mainstays of omelettes and eggs benedict for more avant-garde choices. Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek invited a few of us yesterday to be guinea pigs trying out his Sunday Brunch new ideas. Mimosa of course but lots of sodas including root beer floats. Satisfying coffees. Liege style waffles (les gaufres) and babeurre pancakes (crepes) with diverse toppings. Blistered wood stone fired flatbread & grilled focaccia. Fricassee Champignon. Spicy lamb meatballs, merguez sausage or braised in wine short ribs with poached or fried eggs all with lots of stewed vegetable and potatoes. Great side dishes including babaganoush (eggplant), raita (yogurt condiment), mascarpone & black pepper honey, chickpea hummus, quinoa tabouleh, home cured bacon & apple gastrique, sunflower tahini and more. Innovative & delicious! Vote for your go to brunch item.